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News Archive: August 2014

Vice Chancellor Achieves Advanced Welsh Qualification and sets an example for others

Bangor University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor John G Hughes has achieved another milestone on the road to proficiency in Welsh. He has achieved an A grade in his Advanced Use of Welsh exam (which is the same standard as an A level) and done so in only four years of learning the language.

Publication date: 22 August 2014

1950’s Feminist campaigner returns to revisit her Cause célèbre

A new book about the history of the Normal College, now part of Bangor University, sheds light on one very interesting story about a campaign for equality of treatment for women in the 1950s.

Publication date: 21 August 2014

Healthy eating for Denbighshire special schools

Denbighshire Council has become the first Council in Wales to pilot the successful and innovative Food Dudes healthy eating programme. The programme was launched in January in two Special Schools, Ysgol Tir Morfa in Rhyl and Ysgol Plas Brondyffryn in Denbigh, where it has been really well received by the staff, parents, and children.

Publication date: 21 August 2014

Welsh learners to have new ‘app’ this autumn

As Welsh learners head to the classroom for a new term of Welsh lessons this autumn, whether absolute beginners, or returners, they’ll be pleased to hear that there will soon to be a new ‘app’ especially for them.

Publication date: 19 August 2014

Consultation Event brings Park a step closer

The Menai Science Park project continues to move forwards and will be consulting on plans in Gaerwen on the 1st of September. Residents are invited to come along to view the initial ideas.

Publication date: 18 August 2014

Streaming the answer to flagging Welsh music sales

Streaming is the future if record companies are going to reverse the decline in Welsh language music sales, according to research carried jointly out at the School of Creative Studies and Media and Business School.

Publication date: 18 August 2014

Welsh women win award for achievements in social enterprise

Victoria Burrows, Sandy Ackers, Annie Donavan and Alison Hill have won the prestigious Network She Women in Education Award 2014.  They are among the first students to complete a Masters in Social Enterprise while excelling at their demanding jobs.

Publication date: 18 August 2014

Barney the dog finds 50 year old drifter

A keen fell-walker and beachcomber was surprised by what his dog Barney found on a beach recently.

Publication date: 15 August 2014

MPhil Scholarship for top childhood studies graduate

Eleanor Morsman who graduated from Bangor University’s School of Education in July with first class honours in childhood studies and was jointly awarded the Gowbr Cronfa Normal Prize for the student with the highest marks in education has just been awarded a scholarship to study for an MPhil   on ‘The Best Model of Pedagogy for Initial Teacher Education and Training in the Primary Education sector’.

Publication date: 15 August 2014

Bangor University shows knowledge can travel from children to adults

A new study by Bangor scientists shows that environmental education can positively influence the knowledge and attitudes of children.  The paper, published in the journal Animal Conservation, also shows that knowledge gained by children about lemur conservation can be transferred to their parents

Publication date: 14 August 2014

Geography student pitches in to promote north Wales’ first community- owned hydro project

A Bangor University student is helping members of the community at Abergwyngregyn promote the first large community-owned hydroelectricity generating scheme in north Wales.

Publication date: 13 August 2014

Bangor University leads Welsh Universities in student satisfaction

Bangor University is top in Wales in the most recent measure of student satisfaction, and is in the top 10 of the UK’s best non-specialist universities, the traditional institutions who offer a broad range of subjects.

Publication date: 11 August 2014

How the snake got its venom

The venom of advanced snakes is a mixture of dozens of different proteins and is an example of an evolutionary innovation – a novel trait that has arisen in a particular animal group and which has contributed to their success. Understanding how these innovations come about is vital to understanding larger patterns of animal evolution and can shed important light on the genetic basis of differences between species, with clear implications for the effectiveness of treatment of victims of bites by venomous snakes, where venom composition varies both within and between species.

Publication date: 11 August 2014

Bangor Students perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Students and graduates from Bangor University will have the incredible opportunity of performing at the largest arts festival in the world this month.

Publication date: 8 August 2014

Dewi wins the 2014 Drama Medal

Congratulations to Welsh and Drama graduate, Dewi Wyn Williams, winner of the Carmarthenshire National Eisteddfod Drama Medal. Dewi is an experienced playwright and well-known scriptwriter here in Wales. He received the Drama Medal, in memory of Urien Wiliam, donated by his wife and children Eiryth, Hywel, Sioned and Steffan, and £750 from the Huw Roberts, Pwllheli, Memorial Fund. He will also be given the opportunity to develop the work with Sherman Cymru and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru.

Publication date: 8 August 2014

Megadiverse hotspots under threat from logging

Areas currently facing the highest deforestation rates on our planet, have been identified as having been particularly important in the evolutionary history of the ‘megadiverse’ biodiversity of Southeast Asia.

Publication date: 7 August 2014

Sioned wins the Musicians' Medal

Congratulations to musician Sioned Eleri Roberts, a former student of the School of Music, who won the Musician’s Medal at this year’s National Eisteddfod in Carmarthenshire.

Publication date: 7 August 2014

The Crown for Guto

Congratulations to poet Guto Dafydd, a former student of the School of Welsh, who won the National Eisteddfod Crown in Carmarthenshire this year!

Publication date: 6 August 2014

2014 North Wales Medicines Research Symposium

The Centre for Health Economics and Medicines Evaluation, Royal Pharmaceutical Society and Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board are jointly hosting the 2014 North Wales Medicines Research Symposium at Kinmel Manor Hotel, Abergele on the 4th September (buffet from 6.30pm).

Publication date: 5 August 2014

Archive of the month

The Main Arts Building of the University College of North Wales in the early 1970s. Note the construction of Theatr Gwynedd which opened in 1974 and the houses of Strand St., Regent St. and Deiniol St. (Upper Bangor) which were demolished and where Brigantia (Psychology) now stands.

Publication date: 5 August 2014

School children create art inspired by Anglesey’s standing stones

An exhibition of Artwork inspired by Anglesey’s Standing Stones will be visiting Galeri in Caernarfon between 15 August and 5 September.

Publication date: 5 August 2014

Bangor University’s The Great War Exhibition runs until March 2015

August 1914 was the month Sir Edward Grey exclaimed “The lamps are going out all over Europe …We shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.” August 2014 will mark one hundred years of Britain going to war with Germany, with worldwide plans in place for commemoration and reflection on a conflict which had a fundamental effect on the course of our history.

Publication date: 4 August 2014

Bangor University students and graduates work with local social enterprise to champion green product development

Bangor based company ‘Greenhouse’ (Ty Gwydr) Bangor describes itself as an independent community resource centre working for a sustainable future.  Greenhouse Ltd, a local social enterprise established 30 years ago to raise awareness on green issues and climate change, has been termed ‘the first formal networking centre in Britain’. A new trading website has been developed ‘eBuyGreen’ which is a collaboration Greenhouse and the two Greenhouse directors, Chris Walker and Xuejiao Li (Jojo) – the underlying ethos being to have a site where customers can find good value, organic products that can be trusted to have legitimate green credentials.

Publication date: 4 August 2014

Cattle feed or biogas? Bangor study reveals important environmental trade-offs for biogas production on dairy farms

There is increasing interest in on-farm anaerobic digestion (AD) in the UK to manage animal manures and food waste, and to generate renewable electricity and heat via combustion of biogas.

Publication date: 4 August 2014

Maisie’s love of learning lands her £1,000

A Bangor University student whose course has taken her to some amazing places and given her more life experience than she could ever imagine has come runner up in this year’s UCAS/The Times Love Learning competition.

Publication date: 1 August 2014